Track the 2021 Atlantic hurricane season, including forecasts and storm names list

Daniella Medina
Mississippi Clarion Ledger

The 2021 Atlantic hurricane season is expected to see an above-average number of storms, but it's not expected to be as busy as last year, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration announced May 20 in its initial outlook.

NOAA predicted the 2021 season will have about 13-20 named storms, six to 10 hurricanes and three to five major hurricanes. 

Last year, the Atlantic saw 30 named storms, 13 hurricanes and six major hurricanes. The average is 14 named storms, seven hurricanes and three major hurricanes, according to NOAA's updated averages for the 1991-2020 30-year period. 

Hurricane season officially began June 1 and ends Nov. 30. Here's what we know so far. 

Invest 92L in Gulf of Mexico: June 11-present

The National Hurricane Center started tracking this trough of low pressure in the Gulf of Mexico on June 11. 

Updated: 7 a.m. CT June 17

Location: Southwestern Gulf of Mexico

Current weather impacts: Widespread but disorganized cloudiness, showers and thunderstorms

Where system is going next: Expected to move northward Thursday

U.S. threat?: Heavy rains could begin to affect portions of the northern Gulf Coast on Friday

Expected to develop further?: A tropical or subtropical depression is likely to form over the west-central Gulf of Mexico on Thursday night or Friday

Chances of forming in next two days: 90%

Chances of forming in next five days: 90%

First threat of 2021 Atlantic hurricane season?:Forecasters eye developing tropical system in Gulf of Mexico

Louisiana impacts:System likely to develop into tropical depression, bring rain and thunderstorms to Acadiana

Tropical Storm Bill: June 13-15

The NHC began tracking a tropical system off the coast of the Carolinas on June 13. Its initial forecast said development was possible as the storm moves away from land. It developed into Tropical Depression Two on June 14 before strengthening into Tropical Storm Bill later that day, with winds of 45 mph about 335 miles east-northeast of Cape Hatteras, North Carolina. Bill, the second named storm of the season, became extratropical on June 15, and the National Hurricane Center stopped giving updates.

Tropical Storm Bill:Roaring off Carolina coast as hurricane season awakens in the Atlantic Basin

Invest 91L in Gulf of Mexico: May 20-22

The National Hurricane Center began tracking a disturbance over the northwest Gulf of Mexico on May 20. The system of showers and thunderstorms was forecast to potentially become a tropical depression or storm before moving inland over the U.S. Gulf Coast, but never developed into anything further. Southwest Louisiana and southeast Texas were slammed with rain over the weekend, and the NHC stopped tracking the storm after Saturday, May 22. 

Tropical Storm Ana: May 19-23

Subtropical Storm Ana formed early Saturday, May 22, 2021.

The National Hurricane Center began tracking what would become the first named storm of the 2021 Atlantic hurricane season on May 19 near Bermuda. The system developed into Subtropical Storm Ana early May 22 before forming into a tropical storm about 24 hours later. Ana weakened into a tropical depression the afternoon of May 23 and became a post-tropical cyclone later that night. The National Hurricane Center stopped tracking Ana 

Ana formed more than a week from the official start of the 2021 hurricane season, June 1. According to NOAA and Weather Company experts, this is common — it's the seventh year in a row a storm forms before the start of hurricane season. 

Is that normal?:Ana develops, marks 7th year in a row with early hurricane season start

Here are the 2021 Atlantic hurricane names

There are 21 storm names for the 2021 Atlantic hurricane season that will be used in rotation and recycled in six years.

If more than 21 named storms occur this season, the names will not be pulled from the Greek alphabet anymore. Instead, storms will be named from an alternate list approved by the WMO. 

If a storm is so deadly and so costly, a World Meteorological Organization committee meets to review and potentially strike the offending hurricane's name from the list of named to be recycled. 

  • Ana
  • Bill 
  • Claudette
  • Danny
  • Elsa
  • Fred
  • Grace
  • Henri
  • Ida
  • Julian
  • Kate
  • Larry
  • Mindy
  • Nicholas
  • Odette
  • Peter
  • Rose
  • Sam
  • Teresa
  • Victor
  • Wanda

Track 2021 hurricanes, storms here

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Daniella Medina is a digital producer for the USA TODAY Network. Follow her on Twitter @danimedinanews